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Media Release – Spring 2019 Exhibitions
April 12, 2019
RE: Spring Exhibitions at the Gallery
WHEN: April 11
WHERE: Thunder Bay Art Gallery
#nofilterneeded brings together, for the first time in over thirty years, photographic works by nineteen members of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association (NIIPA) from the organization’s first two self-produced touring exhibitions, Visions (’85) and Silver Drum (’86), alongside additional photographs sourced from personal and public archives. Covering a wide range of artistic approaches, techniques, and subject matter, the photographs presented in this exhibition provide an unfiltered view into the interests and concerns of beautiful, resilient, and thriving peoples. NIIPA’s founding demonstrates that Indigenous artists are equally adept at adapting to and making use of new technologies to advance Indigenous ways of seeing the world.
Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007) was one of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century and is widely regarded as the founder of the Woodland School of Art. The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is home to one of the largest collections of his work in the country. His successes and challenges are evocatively recounted in his art, as well as in poet and literary scholar Armand Garnet Ruffo’s biography Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird.
As a special event coordinated for this exhibition, Ruffo will read from his book on Morrisseau’s life at the Gallery on Sunday, April 14, 1 pm.
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is playing host to FRAGILE, an exhibition on loan from Bravo Art, Ottawa. This is an opportunity for the people of Northwestern Ontario to experience the work of six contemporary Francophone artists, who explore the concept and experience of their Francophone heritage in relation to family identity.
Featuring, Vincent Chevalier, Mathieu Goupil-Lemay, Mariana Lafrance, Faye Mullen, Matthieu Sabourin, et/and Geneviève Thauvette.